It does not take a lot of observation to know that life is dynamic, and so life is about change. Yet sometimes we resist and are not comfortable with change even though we know there is nothing constant in life except probably CHANGE, Taxes, and Death. Some say that under the sun there is nothing constant but Change; be it Change through Evolution, Revolution, and Big-bang!
CHANGE IS NOT AN OPTION. I am afraid we cannot shut ourselves from the world even if we choose to live in isolation in Timbuktu. As much as we refuse to change there, all things around us including ourselves will change over time. Besides, life is guaranteed boring without change. Change is continual, and this is a given.
I can also say this for sure: CHANGE TAKES PLACE FASTER OVER TIME – making shorter life cycles for a lot of things in life. Changes make things obsolete. I used to say that what is good now may not be good in a century to come. Now I find it is no longer applicable, instead WHAT IS GOOD NOW MAY NOT BE GOOD IN MONTHS TO COME.
IT revolution and globalization and the changes they have brought about into our lives, be it in the way we live, how we do business, in information processing and dissemination, in the entertainment world, in the way we talk, call, and communicate to others, and many more.
IT revolution and globalization has brought about massive changes in life, in how we work, or the work processes we use. This in turn creates KNOWLEDGE BASED SOCIETY & COMPANIES.
These changes bring about more and more competitive world. Companies are driven to change the way they operate to be more CUSTOMERS CENTRIC or to lose out in competition.
Professionals of today face multi challenges of staying current and up-to-date in their field and remaining competitive in the workplace. So do the project management professionals of today as well. The constantly emerging information technology, the era of globalization, the knowledge based society we are in, and the more and faster changes created make it imperative that all professionals, fresh graduates, new comers in the industry, as well as those more experienced practitioners to continually update their skill, expertise, and know-how both for themselves for their personal growths and for the performance of the organizations where they work. These conditions have compelled us to:
- Accept changes with open mind
- Be flexible to adopt, adjust, and adapt
- Learn, Re-learn, and as required Unlearn those that have become irrelevant and obsolete over time
- Be clear & fast, know what we want, how we want it, and take action
- Embark on Continuous learning as CONTINUOUS LEARNING IS CONTINUOUS EARNING
Project management is the most critical business skill and competency of today that forms the basic building block of knowledge based company for businesses. As more and more companies and government agencies are adopting and making Project Management their strategic competency, experienced project management practitioners as well as newer comers in the industry are challenged to adopt the latest sound project management knowledge and the best practices in order to meet the demands of both the customer and their own organization in delivering projects on time, within budget and within scope. This need makes it imperative that all project management professionals, fresh graduates, new comers in the industry, as well as those more experienced practitioners to continually refresh and update their skill, expertise, and know-how both for themselves for their personal growths and for the performance of the organizations where they work. Continuous learning will go beyond the adage of continuous earning as the sound project management knowledge, skills, and the latest best practices will enable project managers to perform better in estimate, planning, implementation, and monitoring of the project.